Reading Wrap-up – March 2018

March has come and gone! I can’t believe tomorrow is already April.

I haven’t read that much this month. My Goodreads reading challenge is telling me I’m two books behind schedule…

Apparently, I’ve only read two books in March and to be fair… I’m quite disappointed with myself.

  • Conversations With Friends: A Novel by Sally Rooney

32187419I was excited to read this book but I had other expectations going into it and I was disappointed.
I wanted it to be so much more and I was let down.
It’s not a bad book.
It’s about these two college girls who become friends with an older married couple.
It’s a classic book about not very nice people doing not very nice things, but I wasn’t intrigued by the characters.
Rather than understanding their flaws, I only got annoyed by their actions and their personalities. I was exasperated by them.
Nick drove me up the wall. He had no spine, no personality. He was so empty and annoying. He was the worst one.
Overall a 3 stars book. It was ok. kind of.

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The other book I’ve read was…

  • Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856I was planning on reading this book but as soon as I saw that the movie had come out and how much everybody was loving it, I HAD to get my hands on it.

And I’m so incredibly glad I did.

It’s about Simon, a high schooler who has been trying to deal with the difficulties of coming out as gay to his parents and his friends. He is then blackmailed by a classmate who finds one of his email to another anonymous closeted boy at his school.

It’s a great story about coming out, being accepted for who you are and actually being your true self.

I really loved it. It was amazing. It touched to many important topics and issues and it made me feel stuff.
The characters felt incredibly realistic and they represented what being a teenager is like.
And the protagonist, Simon, is adorable!
❤❤❤❤
Beautiful book.
I am in awe.

I highly recommend it to ANYONE. Please read it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



Let me know if you’ve read the books or if you have any recommendation for me! I’d love to know a recent book you’ve read that made an impact on you!

xxx

Georgia

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“We’re Gonna Rise up” – Rise – First Impression Review (Pilot)

“Rise” aired right after a quite cheesy and easily predictable finale of “This is us”. I won’t go into it. I still haven’t processed it and it’s been more than a week since then.

The first impression I got from “Rise” was of a scrappy, not at all polished cinematography. Which is exactly what I look for in a TV show.

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Josh Radnor stars as an High school English professor who takes over the theatre department. For the first 10 minutes you kind of get the idea of who the main characters are going to be.
Auli’i Cravalho plays Lilette, a shy girl who wants to get out of the town and make it into the world. (You might recognise her from “Moana”, because she was Moana. DUH.)

Damon J. Gillespie plays Robbie, one of the best athlete on the football team who also has an interest in theatre.

Auli'i Cravalho in Rise (2018)

Doesn’t this remind you of anyone? I’ll tell you later.

They get cast as lead in the musical “Spring Awakening”, a quite dark and raw play that deals with drugs, sex and other elements that are deemed “inappropriate” for a high school performance.

A nice surprise was hearing “Alexander Hamilton“ by the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton. At first, I started dancing on my bed like a crazy person and then I thought crept into my mind: how can they afford to put Hamilton into this NBC TV show? Is Lin-Manuel Miranda producing it? Did he just give them the song? The scene itself looked like a very explicit product placement. But does Hamilton need publicity at all? Then I figured it out: it’s about theatre and the lead actress worked with Lin-Manuel: that’s the connection. I connected the dots a million years later.

*insert sarcasm*

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So Ted (it’s going to take some time before I can see Josh Radnor and not think of Ted Mosby. Sorry.) holds auditions for a musical and he decides not to go with the obvious choice and keep the two actors that have done several productions. Instead he casts as main characters Lilette and Robbie.
And they are really bad at it.
And then of course, after a poetic montage, they show emotions and some shit. I’m like, seriously?!

Josh Radnor and Rarmian Newton in Rise (2018)

And this keeps going on! 3/4 into the episode there is a another montage of the kids are rehearsing the play and in the blink of an eye, they are talented actors and singers.

That I find quite stupid and unrealistic.

Something that I truly appreciated and liked about this pilot was the transgender representation, which is something that it is usually not dealt with in cable TV. Great job, Rise!
#RepresentationMatters

Damon J. Gillespie in Rise (2018)

Now let’s go back. I asked you if these characters reminded you of anyone or anything. Did you guess what? Let’s see.

As I’ve told you before, my brain was basically half asleep because all of a sudden, I have this realisation: this is High School Musical.
The girl with the pretty dark hair, the football player who is also a gifted singer and rapper. Well actually, a diverse High school musical with rap…. so YAY!

Aside from it resembling a little bit “High School Musical”, I’m quite interested in it and I am sure that I will keep watching it.

I’d rather watch 20,000 pilots instead of being subjected to the pile of shit that is the 14th season of a certain medical drama. (Grey’s Anatomy, I’m talking to you.)

xxx

Georgia

Brooklyn Nine Nine – s05 ep 13 – The Negotiaton – Review

ATTENTION! This post contains spoilers for the entire 5 seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine including the latest aired episode!

It’s finally Monday!!! And this means… Another Brooklyn Nine Nine review! SO EXCITING!!

Like the guys on Pod Save America always say: a bit of house keeping! Some self promotion! Not because I want views or likes or some shit like that. I desperately want the entire world to watch this show! So…

You can read my review of the latest episode here!

And you can read all about my Brooklyn Nine Nine week here: Day 1 (Gina Linetti), Day 2 (Capt. Raymond Holt), Day 3 (Halloween Episodes), Day 4 (Social Issues on B99), Day 5 (LBGTQ+), Day 6 (Guest stars and recurring characters), Day 7 (15 reasons why you should watch Brooklyn99).


What. And. Episode.

I loved it so much!!! It’s always fun when dog Judy comes back to Brooklyn 99 and this episode wasn’t an exception.

Jake gets asked to be the negotiator in a hostage situation: but who’s on the other side? IT’S DOUG JUDY!

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The Pontiac Bandit is back! Usually one time in every season, Doug Judy comes back to the show and forces Jake into weird situations. What’s most hilarious, is the love and friendship that is shared between the two of them.

Even though they’re supposed to be nemesis, they have this bond and respect. It makes me so happy!

Aside from the banter between Jake and Judy, Captain Holt and Terry were facing quite a problem: a representative of the Commissioners office came to the precinct to interview the captain subordinates and they chose Hitchcock. HITCHCOCK!

Of course everybody freaked out and Terry and Holt tried to do a sort of “The My Fair Lady-fication of Hitchcock.”, as the AVclub.com said.

While all of this was going on, Charles opened his food truck and it was a disaster! He became even meaner than Gordon Ramsay and it was FANTASTIC!

This exchange between Charles and Amy blew my mind and had me laughing for hours:

“Do I look like Jake to you?”

“No, not at all!”

“THEN WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO SCREW ME!?!?!?”

This is the stuff that I live for on Brooklyn 99. It was perfect, hilarious and overall majestic.

And Jake and Judy singing “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes was so funny and at the same time, adorable. Not to mention when they started talking about Jake and Amy’s imminent nuptials!!!!

It’s the most pure and at the same time inappropriate on the show. Maybe other than Boyle’s adoration for Jake and his romantic relationship with Amy.



I hope you liked this review! Talking about Brooklyn 99 just give me so much joy and it feels my heart with happiness.

Next week’s episode is going to be amazing: Sterling K Brown is a guest star and I already know I’m going to love this episode. Mostly because I love every single one of the show’s episodes.

One more thing, share your love for Brooklyn Nine-Nine on social media using the hashtags #Brooklyn99 and #RenewBrooklyn99 and directly tweeting at @FOXTV and @Brooklyn99FOX.

xxx

Georgia

“American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace” – First Impression Review

Although “American crime story: the assassination of John Versace“ aired on FX in mid January, I have only just recently decided to give it a go.

Last year, I watched season one of Brian Murphy is “The People v. O.J. Simpson“ and I found that extremely fascinating and interesting.

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I had quite high hopes this second season but to be fair, I’m not that impressed with its first episode.

Quick recap, the story is about (like the title suggests) the assassination of notorious italian fashion designer Gianni Versace outside his home in Miami Beach, Florida.

From the title of the show I was under the impression that the show would be ONLY about what happens after the murder. But in reality, they are going back and forth in time to show his killer and Versace’s relationship.

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Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace

I thought that it would be just like “The People v. O.J. Simpson”, and this change completely threw me off.

Being Italian, I kind of hoped they would cast Italian actors to play Italians but instead they cast Spanish actors. I get that all languages are similar and it’s easier for them to speak Italian but… come on!

Aside from this, the show is stunning. I absolutely loved the yellow tone that represents Florida so well, the camerawork was so good. The first scene lasts quite a long time: It’s the 10 minutes (more or less) that preceded Gianni’s death. The music that they chose was fantastic and as an opening scene, it made quite an impact.

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Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan

So far, I have only seen the first episode. And although I currently don’t think it’s as good as season one, I’ll probably keep watching. I know nothing about Gianni Versace so I’m eager to find out more about his life.

It would not “American crime story“ if it didn’t deal with important social issues of the time: in “The people versus O.J. Simpson“ racism, sexism, and police brutality were protagonists alongside those involved This one, it’s about homophobia and fear of the gay community in Florida in the mid-90s.

The show stirred some controversy in Italy because of how Ryan Murphy, creator of the show, decided to portray Gianni Versace. People who actually knew him went on programs on TV to say how little of his life and his artistic side was shown. I haven’t seen it all yet but to those people I say: “Did you not see the title of the show? It clearly states: assassination.”

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To conclude, the quality of the show is still great, the actors gave a wonderful performance and it is clear that it’s very well made. My only hope is that they can keep people interested and focused on the show despite going back and forth in time.

 

What’s your opinion? Did you see the show? Should I keep going on? Let me know!